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We Are The Voice of the Grass

Interfaith Peace Activism in Northern Uganda

David A. Hoekema

We Are The Voice of the Grass

We Are The Voice of the Grass

Interfaith Peace Activism in Northern Uganda

We Are The Voice of the Grass

 

In Uganda, East Africa, a region long controlled by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, leaders of Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim communities overcame centuries of mistrust to work together for peace.


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Beschrijving We Are The Voice of the Grass

In the international press, East Africa is depicted as a region mired in civil war, child abduction, rebel militias, Muslim-Christian violence, and grinding poverty. Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) of northern Uganda has become a symbol for the troubles of contemporary Africa. Seen from within, however, an altogether different reality is visible-one in which local communities and their leaders work together to resolve conflict and rebuild their
communities. Little known beyond northern Uganda, The Acholi Religious Leaders' Peace Initiative (ARLPI) is an inspiring example of one such community organization. The story of ARLPI, examined in this book by philosopher David Hoekema, demonstrates just how much can be accomplished by a small group of
dedicated community leaders in a situation where a decade of military force and international pressure have had little discernible effect.

Drawing on published sources and interviews with organization leaders and LRA survivors, Hoekema illuminates how both the depredations of the LRA and the healing work of ARLPI are rooted in modern East African history. He documents the courageous work of the Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim leaders who constitute the ARLPI to overcome centuries of mistrust and help bring an end to one of the most horrific conflicts in recent history. Their work, he argues, puts philosophical and theological
ideas into practice and in so doing sheds new light on how religion relates to politics, how brutal conflicts can be resolved, and how a community can reclaim its future through locally-initiated initiatives against overwhelming obstacles.


ISBN
9780190923150
Pagina's
312
Verschenen
NUR
300
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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